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Discover Our Recovery Business Safety Promise

At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. The COVID-19 crisis is impacting everyone in San Marcos, including our local businesses that are currently open or preparing to reopen when public health guidelines allow.
The City is happy to support and assist with the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce’s Discover Our Recovery Business Safety Promise. The Chamber’s program is designed to help business owners communicate their commitment to following all public health orders and guidelines from the State of California, the County of San Diego, the City of San Marcos and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help protect their employees, customers and the community.
Business owners that make the Discover Our Recovery Business Safety Promise below can display the decal in their windows to let customers know that the businesses has committed to take all the County’s recommended precautions to help provide a safe environment.
Let’s help our community move forward safely together.

Make the Promise and Download the Toolkit

You can learn more about the program, make the Promise and download a multimedia toolkit on the Chamber’s website here. By downloading the toolkit and/or using the graphics, you are promising to follow the guidelines.
Window decals for businesses that make the Promise will be available soon! Please stay tuned for details.

Stay Updated

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage: www.san-marcos.net/covid19.

San Marcos named 25th safest city in California The City earns a spot on 2020 Safest Cities report

The City earns a spot on 2020 Safest Cities report.

The City of San Marcos was ranked #25 in SafeWise’s sixth annual Safest Cities in California report.

The comprehensive safety report was created using FBI crime
statistics and U.S. Census population data to rank the safest
cities in each state and across the country. According to
SafeWise, the rankings are based on violent and property crime
numbers, including the number of reported violent crimes
(aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and
the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).

“The City of San Marcos has committed to investing in the necessary resources to keep our community safe, and this report reflects that commitment,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Keeping San Marcos safe takes hard work from everyone in our community. We especially appreciate the dedication of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department San Marcos station.”

In addition, the latest data from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) released in November revealed that San Marcos has some of the lowest crime rates among the 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County.

When compared to the county’s incorporated cities, San Marcos had the lowest overall property crime rate, which includes non-violent crimes such as burglaries, auto thefts and vandalism. San Marcos also had the second lowest overall crime rate, which includes all violent and nonviolent crimes. To learn more, visit www.san-marcos.net/Home/Components/News/News/5019/.

You can read the full SafeWise report at www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-california.

City of San Marcos launches Business Sustainability Program in response to COVID-19

Up to $3,000,000 of the City’s General Fund Reserves will be set aside for short-term business loans

At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are working around the clock to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and address the needs of our residents.

The City also recognizes the significant negative impacts of the COVID-19 emergency situation on our local business community, particularly our small and independent local businesses. Many of the owners and employees of these businesses live and work right here in San Marcos.

At its March 24 meeting, the San Marcos City Council approved the City of San Marcos COVID-19 Business Sustainability Program. The program will set aside up to $3,000,000 of the City’s General Fund Reserves for short-term business loans.

The program will offer loans ranging in size up to $50,000, with fixed interest rates ranging from 0% to 3% based on the amount and duration of the term. Priority will be given to businesses with 10 or more employees for loans between $25,000 to $50,000.

“The COVID-19 emergency will undoubtedly have negative budgetary impacts on the City itself, and we will need to find ways to address them,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “At the same time, we fully recognize the need to maintain a diverse and fiscally sound business community.”

Griffin added that, through decades of sound fiscal management, along with an entrepreneurial and business-friendly operational style, the City has developed and maintained reserves that can be used to carry the community through emergencies and economically stressful times.

Loan applications will be prioritized based on numerous factors, and applicants will be divided into three tiers based on the type of business and the extent their business has been affected by government mandates and public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

“Even in difficult times for the City, we believe that the right thing to do for our businesses and citizens is to invest in our businesses so that as many of them as possible can exit this emergency in as close a fiscal condition as when it started,” said Economic Development Director Tess Sangster.

All loan applications must be received prior to the City’s official declaration of the end of a local emergency due to COVID-19 or the expenditure of the $3,000,000 allocated to this Program, whichever occurs first.

For detailed information or to apply for the program, please visit www.san- marcos.net/businesssustainability or email Economic Development Director Tess Sangster at tsangster@san-marcos.net.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Update No reported cases in San Marcos. Several City events postponed.

At the City of San Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. There are no reported cases of COVID-19, or coronavirus disease, in San Marcos.

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation, along with the CDC, the County of San Diego and emergency management services. Local and state health officials are actively engaged in preparation to keep Californians safe.

The City is open.

All City facilities remain open during normal business hours. Emergency services, including Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department services, are fully operational.

Increased sanitary measures

We have increased cleaning at all City facilities. Hand sanitizer is available.

Residents are encouraged to engage with the City via phone and the San Marcos City App.

To save a trip to City Hall, residents can contact the City via phone at (760) 744-1050 or the San Marcos City App to report non-emergency concerns, like potholes, park maintenance and debris. The app is the quickest and most direct way for residents to alert City staff to any concerns. Learn more about the app at www.san-marcos.net/city-app.

Public gatherings update

In order to safeguard public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19 in our state, the California Department of Public Health has issued guidelines regarding public gatherings and events. You can read the guidelines here.

The following City events are postponed until further notice:

  • San Marcos Citizens Academy
  • General Plan Update Visioning Workshops #2 and #3
  • March 16 Planning Commission Meeting
  • March 18 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
  • March 22 Star Walk
  • March 31 State of Your Community event
  • April 1 Traffic Commission MeetingAdditional changes to events will be posted on the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage at


    What can I do to prevent getting COVID-19?

    There is currently no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19, but it is recommended for everyone to get their flu vaccine and practice proven preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Support local businesses

The City encourages residents to keep local businesses in mind when shopping for goods and services. If you find yourself staying in more due to COVID-19 concerns, consider purchasing a gift card at your favorite restaurant or store to treat yourself at a later date.

Stay informed

  • Visit the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage for information about City’s response to COVID-19 at www.san-marcos.net/covid19.
  • To learn more about COVID-19 and to stay updated with the latest news and information, visit the County’s comprehensive information portal at www.coronavirus-sd.com.
  • Sign up for City news and alerts by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts.
  • Sign up for Alert San Diego emergency alerts at www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/.
  • You can also call 2-1-1 to speak to someone if you have general questions.

City of San Marcos Single Use Plastics Survey

Take a survey to share your thoughts! The survey is designed to gauge the opinions of San Marcos residents on single-use plastic products distributed in restaurants and sold in grocery stores in order to provide City staff with accurate information in considering any control ordinances on the subject.

  • Please read the Single-Use Plastics Fact Sheet before completing the survey. You can view the fact sheet here.
  • You can take the survey here.
  • Please respond by March 20, 2020.

City honored with CSUSM’s Community Partner of the Year Award

The City of San Marcos and North City have been selected as the recipients of the 2020 California State University San Marcos President’s Award for Community Partner of the Year.

The award was created to acknowledge CSUSM’s deep connections to the regional community and recognize partners who have engaged in meaningful projects and initiatives that support the university’s mission, according to CSUSM officials.

“The City of San Marcos has been by our side since CSUSM was founded more than 30 years ago,” California State University San Marcos President Ellen J. Neufeldt, Ed.D. said.

In a letter announcing the award, Neufeldt emphasized the many
ways that the City and the university work together, including the Democracy in Action program, which empowers students to engage with local government, along with the City’s collaborative approach to economic development, which has benefited the educational community along with the entire region.

“As the educational hub of North County, San Marcos is educating the next generation of leaders,” City Manager Jack Griffin said. “We are proud to partner with CSUSM to work toward this shared goal.”

The award also recognized the collaboration between the City of San Marcos and North City in creating a vibrant new downtown district that further connects CSUSM students, faculty and staff with the community.

“The City is supporting place-making at its finest in North City – a walkable community with restaurants and cafés as well as spaces to work and live – which enhances the quality of life our students and San Marcos residents alike,” Neufeldt said.

To learn more about the City of San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/live. To learn more about the North City development, follow the progress and events on Instagram @northcitysanmarcos, or visit www.northcity.com.

General Plan Update Visioning Workshop #1 – Values, Vision and Opportunities

The City of San Marcos is embarking on a General Plan Update, and we want your input to help shape the future of our City. Join us for Visioning Workshop #1 – Values, Vision and Opportunities on March 11, 2020, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This event is the first in a series of Visioning Workshops. The schedule is as follows:

  • Workshop #1
    Values, Vision and Opportunities
    Wednesday, March 11, 2020, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
    San Marcos Senior Activity Center, 111 Richmar Avenue, San Marcos CA 92069
  • Workshop #2
    Land Use and Housing
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
    San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Workshop #3
    Circulation and Mobility
    Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
    San Elijo Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078

For more information and additional ways to participate in the General Plan Update process, please visit www.sanmarcos.generalplan.org,

San Marcos residents can find their polling place for the March 3 election with new online map

The City of San Marcos has created a handy online map to help residents locate their polling place for the March 3 presidential primary election.

You can open the map here. Then, search for your address in the search bar or click the ballot icon on the map to find your polling location.

More information about the map is available on the City’s website: https://www.san-marcos.net/Home/Components/News/News/5089/24

Residents can register to vote online here.

For election questions and additional information, residents are advised to contact the San Diego County Registrar of Voters at rovmail@sdcounty.ca.gov or (858) 565-5800. 

San Marcos launches 2020 Citizens Academy to help residents learn about city government

The City is accepting applications until noon on Feb. 26, 2020

The City of San Marcos invites residents to apply for the City of San Marcos Citizens Academy. This free, six-session program is designed to help residents learn about their city government.

The program will provide an informative and engaging learning opportunity for 20 participants who reside in the City of San Marcos and are 18 years or older. Classes will help participants understand critical roles and functions in the city and how they interact to form a strong and effective government.

This year’s Citizens Academy will be held on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m., beginning March 17, 2020, and ending August 18, 2020. Selected participants are asked to attend all sessions.

Citizens Academy participants will:

  • Meet City Council members, department heads and staff
  • Learn how decisions are made, how funds are allocated and how departments operate
  • Enjoy comprehensive overviews of city departments, programs, and services
  • Receive information on topics, such as plans for development, traffic, growth management, recreation, the environment and more
  • Participate in lively discussions and interactive group activities
  • Visit and/or tour city facilities
  • Become more informed, involved citizens

Application Process

  • This program is open to San Marcos residents 18 years and older.
  • Applications are available as a PDF download here. Hard copies are also available at the information desk at City Hall.
  • Completed applications, including answers to the supplemental questions, are required to determine eligibility requirements. Participants will be chosen by a random drawing and notified on Feb. 27, 2020.
  • Class size is limited. Please call (760) 744-1050 for more information.

Completed applications must be received by 12 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2020, and submitted by mail, in person or via email to:

Citizens Academy – City Clerk’s Office
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069-2918
Email: CityClerk@San-Marcos.net
Phone: (760) 744-1050

City of San Marcos to launch water quality improvement pilot program at Discovery Lake

The program is designed to keep Discovery Lake clean and beautiful

The City of San Marcos is implementing a pilot program to improve water quality at Discovery Lake as part of the City’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the preservation of San Marcos’ natural resources.

Two solar-powered ozone injection aeration units will be installed at Discovery Lake starting the first week of February. The aeration units are designed to increase water circulation and inhibit algae growth. The technology was chosen based on the results of a feasibility study that the City conducted last year.

“Our goal for the program is to protect the environment and keep Discovery Lake clean and beautiful for San Marcos residents and visitors to enjoy,” said City of San Marcos Stormwater Program Manager Reed Thornberry.

Visitors to Discovery Lake may notice the installation of small aeration devices, hoses, buoys and informational signs starting Monday, Feb. 3.

The program will be tested for several months to ensure its effectiveness. The City will then evaluate options to potentially expand the program.

The initiative is part of the City’s Stormwater Management Program, which protects the City’s surface waters and maintains their beneficial uses. For more information, visit www.san- marcos.net/stormwater.

Solar powered ozone injection aeration units will be installed at Discovery Lake in the areas marked “Unit #1” and “Unit #2” in the image above starting in February.

A solar powered ozone injection aeration unit will be installed at the location above.

A second solar powered ozone injection aeration unit will be installed at the location shown above.

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